Flower Pot Nest Boxes

By MichiganWoods · Jan 11, 2012 ·
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    [FONT=verdana,geneva]A simple solution by MichiganWoods [/FONT]​

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Photo © Cassandra Tiensivu 2009[/FONT]​

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Photo © Cassandra Tiensivu 2009[/FONT] ​

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]If you're in a jam for nest boxes and have access to a large plastic flower pot, you're in luck! I found the flower pot you see above at a local general store for $8.50. It can be utilized in either your coop or your run, and depending on whether or not your hens lay on the ground or in elevated boxes, can be adjusted to fit their needs. For elevated boxes, simply place the pots on a table they can hop up onto with a ledge big enough for them to walk easily along. If the ledge is too short, they may not use the nests.[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]To modify them for use as nest boxes, simply cut out a door along one side. I found heavy duty kitchen scissors were not strong enough to cut through the plastic. This worked out to my advantage though. The plastic can sometimes crack in an odd direction if you are trying to cut through it too fast or are pressing/pulling too hard. I ended up using a utility knife (razor blade) to saw mine out. Be careful not to cut yourself! [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Keep in mind that you are going to flip the pot over on it's top. Your finished nest box will look something like the one shown in the photograph to the left.[/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana,geneva]These flower pots can also make temporary brooders for a small batch of chicks or baby quail. I've currently got 5 Texas A&M Quail babies in one of these pots in my closet.[/FONT]​

    [FONT=verdana,geneva]Photo © Cassandra Tiensivu 2009[/FONT]​

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